Arsenal man bounces back after red card debacle

Kieran Gibbs

Kieran Gibbs' performance was one of few positives for Arsenal against Swansea City Tuesday evening.

Arsenal's left-back Gibbs was a victim of mistaken identity on Saturday, when referee Andre Marriner confused him for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlian and mistakenly sent him off at Stamford Bridge.

Arsenal's day got no better, of course, as they went on to concede four goals in Gibbs' absence and suffer a resounding 6-0 thrashing in manager Arsene Wenger's 1000th game in charge of the club.

And Tuesday's 2-2 home draw with Swansea did the north London side no further favours in their bid to finish in the top four, with Everton now just six points behind the Gunners with a game in hand (and with the two teams due to meet in the Premier League at Goodison Park on 6th April).

For Gibbs, however, Tuesday's clash was one to remember. At the very least, it was an improvement on his cameo on Saturday...

With five successful tackles, the 24-year-old won more challenges than any other Arsenal player, while he also made the most interceptions of any player in a red shirt (4).

Gibbs also made three clearances and even completed two successful dribbles - again more than any of his Arsenal team-mates.

Perhaps his most impressive statistic, though, was his passing. From left-back, Gibbs completed 90% of his 58 passes. Had the rest of the Gunners' back line matched Gibbs' statistical supremacy, then, they may have left the Emirates with more than just a point.

As it was, however, Arsenal ended up falling further behind in a Premier League campaign that once harboured real hope of a title challenge that might possibly go the distance.

And what's more, the Gunners' defence was put to shame by their Swansea opponents: Ashley Williams made six successful tackles and 20 clearances, while Chico Flores chipped in with three tackles and 12 clearances.

Indeed, a combined best team XI from both sides on the night would include perhaps just one Arsenal defender: Gibbs.

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